SearchCap: The Day In Search, August 5, 2009

Below is what happened in search today, as reported on Search Engine Land and from other places across the web.

From Search Engine Land:

  • Google Buys Video Compression Company On2

    Earlier today Google announced that it had acquired On2 Technologies in a stock deal worth approximately $106 million. There’s little true information about how Google intends to use On2 in the release. Here’s the Google quote: “Today video is an essential part of the web experience, and we believe high-quality video compression technology should be a [...]

  • Micro-Hoo: The Details Emerge With SEC Filing

    First to pounce on the SEC 8-K filing by Yahoo was PaidContent, which provides an extensive bulleted list of many of the deal terms not revealed last week during the frenzy of conference calls and articles that followed the official announcement of the Microsoft-Yahoo search deal. CNET also writes about selected aspects of the deal [...]

  • Report: 90% Of Bing’s Internet Pharmacies Search Ads Lead To Rogue Sites

    A report (PDF) by LegitScript and KnujOn claims that of the prescription drug and online pharmacy search ads on Bing (i.e. adCenter), Microsoft’s search engine, 89.7% led to “rogue” Internet pharmacies. By “rogue” they mean Internet pharmacies that fall into the categories of:

    Those that facilitate the sale of prescription drugs, including controlled substances, without [...]

  • Creating Synergies With Organic & Paid Search

    It’s no secret that SEO is but one tactic which can be used to drive traffic to your site. Anyone who has managed SEO and paid search campaigns can easily point out the advantages of both. The trick, in larger companies, is to ensure they exist side by side. Too many times these core traffic [...]

  • Google Maps Plots Attractions, Points Of Interest

    Google keeps adding layers of data to its maps: images, articles, video, user lists and so on. In addition to a new, dedicated Street View site, the Google LatLong Blog yesterday announced that it had added “icons and labels of prominent businesses and places of interest directly on the map itself.”

    This effectively enables users to discover [...]

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Video, Music & Image Search

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About The Author: is Search Engine Land's News Editor and owns RustyBrick, a NY based web consulting firm. He also runs Search Engine Roundtable, a popular search blog on very advanced SEM topics. Barry's personal blog is named Cartoon Barry and he can be followed on Twitter here. For more background information on Barry, see his full bio over here.

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